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Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Although the line between an inadvertent billing mistake and intentional coding deception might be blurry, federal investigators are crystal clear about what drives them to exclude health providers from government health programs.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Medicare has relaxed some requirements of the Stark Law through its 2016 fee schedule and created new exceptions for compensation arrangements under the statute. The changes make it easier to recruit nonphysician employees, share rental space, and operate on expired contracts without fear of violating the law.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

During the 2007 presidential election cycle, I remember being somewhat optimistic regarding the future of geriatric care in America. At that time, three of America's “oldest old” were showcased by men who vied to lead our nation. Barack Obama's grandmother, and Joe Biden's and John McCain's white-haired mothers were prominent during the campaign season. Each candidate spoke reverentially of the important role this maternal elder played in his life.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Seven weeks into the 2015–2016 flu season, activity levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) are minimal in 49 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Dec. 12.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

It started out as a pleasant, relaxing weekend outing. Larry Smith, MD, chief medical officer of Kindred Health, and his fiancée went to see “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” at a film festival. The documentary, which follows Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, in his efforts to demonstrate the effective use of music to combat memory loss and improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia, touched Dr. Smith profoundly.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

A couple retiring in 2015 at age 65 can expect to pay $245,000 in health care costs over their lifetimes, according to an estimate from Fidelity Investments.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

More than a third of elderly, gravely ill hospital patients are tagged to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation even though they don't want the painful and usually futile measure, a new Canadian study concluded. Such overtreatment is most common in individuals with no family to advocate for their wishes, according to the investigators.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

COPENHAGEN — Patients with venous leg ulcers have an increased risk of occult cancer — especially hematologic and immune-related malignancies — according to a Danish nationwide cohort study.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

BARCELONA — New, unpublished data from the FINGER multimodal lifestyle intervention study indicates that targeting nutrition, exercise, and metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors boosted overall cognitive performance, memory, and executive function to the greatest extent in elderly people at risk of cognitive decline who carried the APOE E ε4 allele.